JAIMIE LEWIS | Styling at Hotel Zed with Morgan Cross Photography

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you an extra special shoot that I styled for my best friend and soul sista, Jaimie Lewis. As a promo for her newly launched website and single “DON’T SAY NO” we did a little shoot at Hotel Zed in Victoria, B.C. with Morgan Cross Photography.

Although I wasn’t able to be there in person, we figured out a little styling solution where she went shopping and we virtually did it together. See? Who says you can’t be everywhere at once?

We went for a “modern nostalgia” as Jaimie would say – reminiscent of an old Ann Margret in Carnal Knowledge, if you know what I’m talkin’ about. And if you don’t know the reference to the goddess that I’m referring to, please go on Netflix and seriously chill to that movie tonight.

Anyways, I’m so excited for you guys to check out the photos and listen to Jaimie’s latest single! I’ve honestly had it on repeat all week long. Enjoy!

JAIMIE LEWIS | Styling at Hotel Zed with Morgan Cross Photography

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Jaimie Lewis styled by fashion blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard. Photos by Morgan Cross Photography at Zed Hotel in Victoria, BC.

Check out Jaimie’s new single “DON’T SAY NO” here (plus, get the song for free) and subscribe to her on youtube here. Also, check out more photos from Morgan Cross Photography here (and book a shoot – she’s seriously the best).

Melina Morry, fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

All photos of Jaimie Lewis taken by Morgan Cross Photography at Hotel Zed in Victoria, B.C.

 

 

HERMÈS BAGS | 5 styles that will make you look like a celeb

Ah, Hermes bags. They’re gorgeous enough to make anyone go weak in the knees. But aside from their looks, the ginormous price tag that they come with may even make you go weak in the heart (but at least you’ll look really cool, right?).

However, if you know the art of saving huge money to buy a luxury bag, a Hermes bag is the perfect choice – no wonder these bags can make you look like a celebrity! Here’s our list of the best Hermes bags to invest in.

5 Hermès bags to give you celebrity status

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1. The Hermès Birkin Bag

When you talk about expensive, beautiful and handbag all in one sentence, the Birkin is what we think of. It’s by far one of the most popular handbags on the planet. Recently, this handbag was in the news for being a better investment than the stock market (seriously!). It’s basically a tote that’s crafted out of pure, handmade leather and is named after actress/singer Jane Birkin.

In the fashion and entertainment industry, a Birkin is seen as a symbol of elegance and opulence, which most celebrities love to flaunt. If you crave the kind of attention that celebrities get, a Birkin around your arm will do the trick. A Hermes Birkin can cost anywhere between $12,000 and $200,000.

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2. The Hermès Kelly Bag

This one is another stunner from the house of Hermes. It takes inspiration from the shape of a saddle holder and was named after the Monégasque princess and American actress, Grace Kelly. These bags come in different sizes and are made out of premium quality leathers – not that we would expect anything less from this designer. Hermes bags are always about luxury and the Kelly bag definitely is. It’s a multifunctional bag that will go with any outfit of yours and make you look like a million dollars instantly. However, buying a Kelly bag could mean you need to spend a minimum of $11,000. Yikes.

3. The Hermès Berline Bag

For those who love handcrafted, compact bags, the Hermes Berline Bag is the ideal one. It can be worn in a multiple ways – you can adorn it as a shoulder bag or as a handy clutch, whatever suits you the best. What makes this Hermes prodigy a celebrity-style bag is its exquisite hand stitching and the impressive silver lock closure. In all ways, it’s a must-have fashion accessory for every woman. Prices start from $6000 and above!

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4. The Hermès Crocodile Constance Bag

This one is another stunner from the house of Hermes. The Crocodile Constance Bag is an extremely extraordinary crocodile skin bag that comes in some really gorgeous colours. The interior features two pockets and on the outside it has dazzling gold-tone hardware with a capital Hermes ‘H‘. It has an adjustable strap that allows you to sport it as both a handbag and shoulder bag! Price starts at $7,750.

5. The Hermès Evelyne Bag

The Hermes Evelyne Bags may not be as popular as the Birkins, but these can certainly make you look like a celebrity. It’s a casual and chic handbag option that has been sported by stars like Kate Walsh, Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss and others. It is a perfect option to adorn while traveling. Price starts at $2,800.

Now that you have this list of Hermes, most likely you’ll like to have one of each but let’s be serious, the prices are pretty high. Finding an authentic bag can be hard as well considering that there are lots of shady sites and people, trying to pass a replica for an original. In this case you need to be very careful and learn tips on how to spot a fake!

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This post was written by Patriciah Collen for The Lady-like Leopard.

MY 25th BIRTHDAY | 25 things every woman should know by 25

Turning a quarter of a century old can be a daunting thing – hello, you’re halfway to 30 (assuming we’re counting from our 20s, that is)! That’s why in honour of my 25th birthday I’ve asked twenty-five women who I find inspirational in my life to give me their thoughts on 25 things every woman should know by 25.

When I was a child I thought that being 25 meant having a hot husband, a huge mansion and a kick-ass career. I’m currently on my way to one of those three things – can you guess which? – and am happy as a clam figuring out the rest in good time.

25 Things Every Woman Should Know By 25. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography. Toronto Fashion Blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

No matter what age you are, these women have advice that we can all use. From travel tips to life decisions and not giving a f@<! what people think about you, I can tell you right now I’m already putting these tips towards having the best 25th year ever. 

So caio for now – I’m off to blow out my candles and ring in 25 with a bang!

25 things every woman should know by 25

Name: Hilary MacMillan
Age: 28
Occupation: Womenswear Designer
Advice: “Learn the importance of saying no and do things you want to do not what other people expect you to do.”

Name: Mya Harrison (Miss Mya)
Age: 36
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Advice: “There’s hope – people do it all the time. Keep working.” – Her advice to me when I told her my dream is to travel and be able to work from my laptop wherever I go.

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Name: Anjli Patel
Age: 31
Occupation: Fashion Lawyer
Advice: “At some point in your life you will experience Impostor Syndrome, which is what happens when you make something look easy to do and also discount its value. Here’s the good news: you’re not alone, and it gets better. That fear subsides with time. You will begin to believe what everyone else already knows to be true — that you are not a fraud.”

Name: Jaimie Lewis
Age: 25
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter
Advice: “Fuck what anyone else in the world thinks or says. Do what makes you the happiest you, then figure out the rest.”

25 Things Every Woman Should Know By 25. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography. Toronto Fashion Blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

Name: Jenny Swank Krasteva
Age: 31
Occupation: Senior Head of Creative for HUGO Womenswear at Hugo Boss
Advice: “On my 25th birthday, a dear friend told me ‘Congratulations. You are now too old to die young.’ Morbid? Maybe. Hysterical? Absolutely. Sadly, he had a point. At 25, I wish I’d had someone to help me put these things in check:

1. Create opportunities for yourself.
2. Never. Stop. Learning.
3. If you think you know everything there is to know about what you are doing, you’re doing something wrong.
4. Push.
5. Find what inspires you and do that. The rest is all bullshit anyway.
6. If you get frustrated and angry at work, it means you’re still passionate about what you are doing. Stay.
7. Blur those work/life boundaries to create the most authentic you.
8. Talk to people. In person. Gain perspective.
9. Travel. As much as you can. Gain more perspective.
10. Lastly, never underestimate the power of a cliché. They are always true and always funny.”

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Name: Hannah Yakobi
Age: Early 30s
Occupation: Journalist
Advice: “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. Know the difference. It will help make rational decisions, and avoid unnecessary heartache/stress.”

Name: Lisa Cross
Age: 50
Occupation: Artist/Writer
Advice: “Be authentically YOU. Don’t mold yourself to fit other people’s ideas or expectations. Don’t waste one more day subjugating your core feelings and beliefs to please other people. Allow your inner self to unfold out into the world for everyone who meets you to see, hear, and know. Your relationships will be more satisfying for the lack of pretense. By only engaging the world in an authentic way – you will draw people into your life who are attracted to the essence of the REAL you. And, by example, you’ll give others permission to do the same.”

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Name: Nicole Fajardo Almanzor
Age: Early 30s
Occupation: Photographer/Designer
Advice: “Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. Nothing great ever really comes from staying in your comfort zone. After all, if you want to go to places you’ve never been before you have to do things you’ve never done before.”

Name: Jeanne Beker
Age: 64
Occupation: Television Personality
Advice: “Don’t waste your time/energy/heart on those who don’t really appreciate you.”

Name: Katherine Phan
Age: 31
Occupation: Designer
Advice: “By 25 every girl should know how to travel on their own. Throw caution to the wind and just go.”

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Name: Catherine Ryczkiewicz
Age: 25
Occupation: E-Commerce Business Owner
Advice: “On a piece of paper write down the answer to the following questions: 1. What do you envision in your life in order to make it complete? 2. If a doctor tells you, you have four years to live what would you do in that time? 3. What if the doctor said you only have six months? The answers are a list of your dreams, accomplishments, needs, desires and fantasies that are part of what you envision in your life at that moment. I started making time for all the items on my list and I found happiness. Do not let impracticality weigh down your dreams either – the sky is the limit!”

Name: Deborah Clay
Occupation: News Director
Advice: “When it comes to career goals, be as specific as possible. Become a passionate advocate and master of your chosen field.”

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Name: Nicole Gretes
Age: 26
Occupation: Business Owner
Advice: “Take every opportunity and chance that comes your way and work your hardest at every single thing you do, small and large!”

Name: Michell Barker
Age: 34
Occupation: Student
Advice: “Don’t be ashamed about anything that you’ve done or have gone through. Design the person that you want to be and become her and don’t settle. If you want to be a fashionista then be a fashionista, if you want to be a historian then be a historian, if you want to be a socialite or traveller then be those things or be all of those things if you want to be. But whatever you decide to be, be the best and don’t let people talk you down into their own mediocrity in your professional career, relationships, money etc. Be excellent and high quality in every area of your life. Honour people and only hang out with people that honour you back and are kind and good to you. Listen to your instincts. If something is off then listen to that feeling and let that person go. Don’t worry – someone better will come along shortly.”

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Name: Danielle Houston
Age: 25
Occupation: Creative Director, BY DANILEA
Advice: “Let’s get real. We all have dreams and aspirations but the ONLY way to achieve them is to be present. To work hard now. Not tomorrow, not next week or year. Right now. And wherever you are in your life is exactly where you are supposed to be. Don’t rush it, but embrace the journey. It’s easy to wish for another life or to jump ahead 5 years, but all that will get you is lost time. There is no future without the present, so just be. Be you.”

Name: Harriet McCready
Age: 31
Occupation: Freelance Writer
Advice: “You should be reckless! Yes, now is the time to make big life decisions based on your heart, not your head. Been dreaming of eating a croissant in Paris? Book your ticket! Think your job sucks? Quit! Want to go back to school? Enrol now. Seriously, in your early 20s you have very few responsibilities except paying your phone bill on time. So go ahead and do something crazy. Your 30 year old self will thank you.”

25 Things Every Woman Should Know By 25. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography. Toronto Fashion Blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

Name: Paola Silk
Age: 30
Occupation: Owner, SHILANGO.COM
Advice: “Study whatever make you hearts beat. No matter what it is. But also have a part time job while you’re still studying full time. That trains you about real life after school.”

Name: Cristina Alcivar
Age: 43
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Advice: “Trust, embrace and put faith in your fellow women.”

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Name: Andrina Stan
Age: 28
Occupation: Life Strategist
Advice: “As women, we tend to rely on men for the heavy stuff like finances, investing, and money management. Being present in your life is related to much more than being aware of your emotions and your self worth – it is also being aware of where you stand professionally and financially. Besides knowing your worth and constantly working on yourself, I think any woman should know the different between making money, saving money, and managing money. Make money by asking for what you are worth and having multiple streams of income. Save money by knowing when to stop spending on useless crap that brings clutter to your life – like 50 dresses you will never wear twice. And manage money by educating yourself on what is worth investing in, and what is purely overpriced. Stay gorgeous inside and out, keep a curious mind, and aspire to experience life through both you primary and intellectual senses.”

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Name: Sherlyn Torres
Age: 30s
Occupation: Make-up and Hair Artist
Advice: “Make peace with your past and trust the timing of your life.”

Name: Angelic Vendette
Age: 27
Occupation: Digital Marketer and Fashion Journalist
Advice: “Relationships matter. Widen and cultivate your circle of relationships and maintain them. This will require some effort, but the investment is definitely worth it. Life isn’t your college days when all you had to do was share a beer with a stranger at a party to immediately become BFF’s. You will want real genuine people to converse with and create memories with, who will be there for you in the good times and the bad. Building meaningful relationships take time but they are absolutely critical to your happiness… plus who knows, you might land a dream job through a contact, meet your future husband through a friend, or even get to know your parents like you never thought you would.”

Name: Jennifer Lee Dawson
Age: 32
Occupation: Professor
Advice: “‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’ Take risks because you will never know if you don’t try.”

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Name: Alyssa Weiss
Age: 40
Occupation: Founder, Travel Beauty
Advice: “Be self aware. You are not going to know everything and that’s ok but you need to be cognizant of your strengths and weaknesses. When making important decisions, whether it be related to career, family, health or friends, know when to ask for help. If it’s a topic that you are not familiar with, solicit the help of someone that is. Even if its an issue that you feel confident addressing, another point of view can only be helpful.”

Name: Laura Cooper
Age: 43
Occupation: Model Agent, Coultish Management
Advice: “Something I wished I had understood by the time I was 25 is that to be truly happy you have to live your life in the way that is best for you; not the way you think others expect you to. Many women worry about what others think of them, but the truth is that others rarely think about you because they are too busy doing what is best for their own lives! Live your life with purpose and intention and look for ways to make yourself happy and fulfilled!”

25 Things Every Woman Should Know By 25. Photo by Morgan Cross Photography. Toronto Fashion Blogger Melina Morry of The Lady-like Leopard.

Name: Georgina McKerrow
Age: (a tad over 25)
Occupation: TV Journalist
Advice: “Know how to walk away. I left a perfectly good job at 25 to pursue another one. Dress up, stand up and just do it. Whether it’s from an unhappy workplace, a bad relationship or from a bar at 2am… If it’s no longer making you smile, just walk. Once you take the first step you will wonder why you sat there thinking about it for so long.”

Last but not least, I thought I’d share some advice that I’ve learned during my 25 years on earth.

Don’t spend too much time dwelling on things because you never know how quickly they can change. Take every opportunity and be open to new, exciting and amazing adventures. Cherish life, love with your whole heart and don’t let people change you.

Thanks to all these phenomenal women who gave me their thoughts on 25 things every woman should know by 25. I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without a lot of this advice!

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

striped dress | ROMWE
vintage fringed jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
strappy sandals | TONY BIANCO
choker | DIY WITH VINTAGE BROOCH

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All photos taken by Morgan Cross at Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. You can also find her on Facebook here and follow her on Instagram here.

THE RIHANNA BOB | My RiRi inspired blunt bob by Anna Giannini

I am a hair chameleon. In the last 5 years I’ve had shoulder length hair, asymmetrical hair, blonde hair, half shaved hair, wispy layered hair, hair half way down my back and now, the Rihanna bob – my personal favourite.

But then again, I guess all of my different hair styles have been my favourite at one point or another. (However I’ll never again do the half shaved look – what a pain to grow back, ugh.)

On my last visit to New York City I got it in my mind that I was sick to death of my current haircut and I just had to chop it off. It was a bit of a compulsive decision – like many decisions in my life – but I knew I had to do it.

Upon coming back to Toronto I started thinking about going just a little bit shorter, more blunt, above the shoulders and inspired by what is now commonly known as The Rihanna Bob. I had a similar haircut when I was eight but I think back then it was known as The Posh Spice Bob.

I teamed up with hair connoisseur Anna Giannini to get the perfect Rihanna bob at the salon where she works, Mosaic Hair Group in Forest Hill. Anna has been working (and teaching) with hair for over a decade and I can definitely vouch for the fact that she knows exactly what she’s doing. Hands down, the best haircut ever.

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The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

The Rihanna Bob as seen on Melina Morry, Toronto fashion blogger at The Lady-like Leopard.

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

dress | SEED HERITAGE
fringed leather jacket | BEACON’S CLOSET
heels | JOIE AUSTRALIA
black suede bag | SEED HERITAGE
earrings | MICHAEL HILL
sunglasses | PERUVIAN MARKET
matte brown lipstick in ‘BOSS’ | LIPS BY DANILEA

Follow more of Anna’s hair styling on her instagram @anna_g_stylist and stay tuned for our next collab post where we’re going to show you 3 different ways to style the Rihanna bob!

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MISS MYA + ATELIER GUARIN | How I got to style the ‘Smoove Jones’ singer

They say when opportunity knocks, you should answer the door. Well, in this case, I answered a tweet and ended up styling Miss Mya for her show in Toronto in head-to-vegan-shoe custom Atelier Guarin. Sebastian, the designer behind Atelier Guarin, and I were beyond excited to get the chance to dress one of our favourite singers – and hang out with her backstage!

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Long story short, I tweeted about how I couldn’t stop listening to Mya’s new album, Smoove Jones, and she retweeted me! From there Sebastian was in touch with her manager and before you know it we were being invited to Mya’s soundcheck to have her try on whatever outfits we thought would be good – A.K.A. some custom-made Atelier Guarin.

I’ll admit, I definitely had butterflies in my stomach when Mya was walking up to the venue. She was even more stunning in person! I had been in a craze, trying on about 50 different outfits before making my way to meet the Lady Marmalade singer – you know, trying to find the coolest “Mya Approved” #ootd.

It’s not like me to be so indecisive about what I want to wear. Thankfully, I got my sharp outfit senses back by the time we had to dress Mya.

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Sebastian made a custom watermelon pink gown for Mya’s Friday night show (it was a charity benefit for victims of abuse so we needed something classy and elegant) and for the 2nd night we got her styled up in a lace + neoprene shirt, leather mini skirt – both Atelier Guarin – and some of Mya’s own over-the-knee boots.

She looked gorgeous! That’s obvious though, she always does.

I was really impressed with how sweet, humble and down-to-earth Mya was. It felt like we were just hanging out with an old friend at home getting ready for a night out. We talked and laughed about everything from strange foods we’ve eaten overseas to where to get the best vegan heels. It felt very comfortable and I hope we get the chance to work with Mya again!

Miss Mya + Atelier Guarin: Look 1

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Miss Mya + Atelier Guarin: Look 2

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To sum up how great this was for me, when I texted my sister about getting to style Mya she wrote back: omg your childhood dream come true! It’s true, I’ve been a huge Mya fan for a long time – and will be for even longer.

Thanks to Mya for having faith in mine and Sebastian’s styling skills and trusting our outfit opinions! Everyone check out Mya’s new album Smoove Jones here.

Which was your favourite look?! Tweet to me at @ladylikeleopard.

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DESIGNER INTERVIEW | David Dixon’s Gene Collection

This year at Toronto Fashion Week, David Dixon’s Gene Collection was something like he’s never shown before. There was buzz all around the audience as we waited for the first model to make her debut on the runway. All we knew was that this collection was very different and that Dixon had partnered with a leading women’s health organization (which we later found out was Ovarian Cancer Canada).

What Dixon sent down the runway was a deeply personal collection and a glimpse into what he’s been dealing with since his sister Susan passed away from Ovarian Cancer last year.

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The Gene Collection was a way to launch Ovarian Cancer Canada’s campaign “Know Your Genes” which encourages women to get to know their genes better and hopefully help raise awareness about the disease.

I caught up with Dixon backstage post-show to discuss the inspiration, the creative process and the therapeutic aspect behind his Gene Collection.

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The Lady-like Leopard: THIS IS A COLLECTION THAT MEANS A LOT TO YOU. HOW DID IT FEEL SEEING IT COME TO LIFE ON THE RUNWAY?

David Dixon: Designing this collection was almost a therapy, because I was [affected] by Ovarian cancer in late October [2015]. We wanted to talk about initiatives, about how to communicate, the messaging – and because fashion creates such a large audience of people and there’s so many impressions that we can give at a fashion show so we thought lets do it about ovarian cancer.

The Lady-like Leopard: THE COLLECTION IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM YOUR USUAL STUFF – DID YOU HAVE ANY WORRIES ABOUT HOW IT WAS GOING TO BE RECEIVED?

David Dixon: I did actually because I haven’t shown in a year, so I was a bit nervous in terms of revealing it. I’m typically known for a lot of intricate fabrics [so] I thought ‘okay how am I going to put my stamp onto denim and still make it elegant and wearable’?

David Dixon Gene Collection at Toronto Fashion Week

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The Lady-like Leopard: TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR CHOUCE TO INCORPORATE MORE DELICATE FABRICS LIKE THE TULLE, LACE, ETC.

David Dixon: At the end of the day, I had to! Plus, to also add some interest too to the denim. I didn’t want to approach [the show] like a challenge like on Project Runway. I wanted to make the clothes wearable, approachable, and still conversational because they’re made out of denim.

The Lady-like Leopard: WHO WOULD BE THE IDEAL WOMAN TO WEAR YOUR CLOTHES?

David Dixon: The women that I design for are very confident and very powerful women, they’re inspirational. I’ve designed clothes for CEOs, soccer moms, celebrities and everyone in between. It’s all about lifestyle and how it fits into how they live.

The best from David Dixon’s Gene Collection

The best from David Dixon's Gene Collection

PHOTO: George Pimentel

The best from David Dixon's Gene Collection

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The best from David Dixon's Gene Collection

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The best from David Dixon's Gene Collection

PHOTO: George Pimentel

The best from David Dixon's Gene Collection

PHOTO: George Pimentel

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WEDDING FASHION | Tips and strategies for the bride-to-be

Do you dream of a fairytale wedding? If you’re about to get married, then you have a lot of shopping to do! Picking out the right dress is one of the best and worst jobs for a bride. For a start, there is so much choice. You can feel like you’re in heaven the second you walk into the boutique – but on the other hand, there is so much choice! How can you tell where to start when it comes to bridal fashion?

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Of course, your journey to the altar is about far more than just picking the right dress. You need to choose the right lingerie, headdress, shoes, and makeup too. Then there are the rings and the bouquets to think about. Coordinating your look for the big day is quite a task to take on. But don’t panic, here’s how to tackle it:

Rings

Start with the ring. If you haven’t already bought your engagement ring, why not pick out a matching wedding set? Head to http://yourdiamondguru.com/ to see where the best places are to buy a diamond ring right now. Some of them offer packages that will be hard to say no to! Your husband-to-be will need to choose his to match as well. You might want all the rings inscribed with a special message of love.

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Dress

Pick a dress to suit your shape. You may have many great designers in your wedding scrapbook already. However, if the dress doesn’t suit your current body shape, your photos might not do you justice. Pick out your favorite features, but make sure the cut is right for you. Finish with some drop earrings and necklace.

Lingerie

Nobody is going to see the lingerie except you and your husband, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick something fabulous. You might prefer something more shaping for under the dress, and keep the lingerie just for your honeymoon. Golds and silvers are gorgeous colors for bridal underwear right now.

Shoes

You could be standing in front of your celebrant for a prolonged period of time. You will also need to be comfortable enough for your First Dance. Many wedding dresses are cut to the floor. Your shoes aren’t likely to be spotted. So pick something that it practical over something that sings bling. Ivory silk is a very popular material for bridal shoes this season.

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Veil

Lots of girls are shunning veils these days. The out-dated tradition of giving the bride away has put a lot of us off! Instead, tiaras, fascinators and hair jewelry are right on trend. Pick something that shines. If it holds your tresses in place, even better. Get a professional stylist to tackle your hair and pop in your head dress.

Makeup

It’s all about the eyes. Big lashes and ivory shadows look amazing for bridal makeup. Softer palettes for pink gloss work well too, to create that gorgeous girly look. Shimmer blush completes the look beautifully.

Weddings are about beauty and romance. Femininity is part of the role of the bride, and her outfit helps portray that. Love your look on your big day.

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This post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard.

INTERVIEW | Meet Matthew Smith – former America’s Next Top Model and the new face of KARV street wear

When asked if I would like the opportunity to interview Matthew Smith from America’s Next Top Model, I was a little hesitant. I mean, I was used to seeing him on tv in my Grandmother’s living room with a bowl of caramel popcorn (yes, we go all out and you’d understand if you tasted her caramel popcorn). But I figured I had nothing to lose and penciled in the date in my Kate Spade day planner.

I arrived at the brand new Delta Hotel on Lower Simcoe with enough time to touch up my make-up and get lost on my way up to the 46th floor – just my luck. The previous interview was just wrapping up and I was moved into a separate, but equally as beautiful, room with KARV‘s latest collection lining the walls. KARV is one of the reasons Matthew was in town – he’s their latest face. He also recently signed with Angie’s AMTI agency here in Toronto.

As we sat down to talk, any nerves that I might have had melted away. In person, just like on ANTM, Matthew was outgoing, fun and always ready to make you laugh. About America’s Next Top Model he says “it was a crazy experience” and even though it might not be the best show on tv, it’s where he really got his start.

It also is what you genuinely might think it is: reality. “[You have] no cell phone, no internet, no cable, no newspaper – you’re confined and it’s interesting to see how people deal with their problems when they have no way of venting outside of that bubble,” Matthew said.

Another perhaps shocking fact to come from this interview was that Matthew had never thought about becoming a model. (Until one day when he was approached at a mall.) He even went as far as to say he “hated the idea of modelling”.

Oh really? And why is that?

“I thought it was very pretentious,” he said. “There’s this idea that there’s no work involved – it’s a blessing, right? Your inherited genetics, if you will. I didn’t respect that perspective of the industry.”

All perspectives aside, Matthew has carved (no pun intended) a name for himself in the industry. With his success has come his first Canadian brand: KARV. Based out of Montreal, KARV is a street wear brand specializing in jeans, hoodies and casual tees for men and women. It’s the first “real level” brand work for Matthew (“There’s catalogue, editorials, and then campaigns – the ones you really want!” he said).

When I asked about the originality of the brand (something they’re known for), Matthew responded with a humorous tale about their original “invisible underwear” that go for a steal of a price at $10 a pair – but all joking aside, it was their work ethic and brand personality that drew him to KARV.

“They’re the perfect example of people you want to be around,” Matthew said. “The people at KARV are just really good, wholesome, positive, inspired and dedicated – and it shows in their clothing.”

Matthew himself was decked out in head-to-toe KARV (naturally) for our interview. When I asked him which is his go-to item of the latest collection, he had a hard time picking just one – everything is just that good. When asked about the womenswear, however, I got more of an answer.

“The womenswear is very ready to wear and casual,” he started off. “If anyone isn’t aware of this already, men love women who are comfortable enough to wear casual clothing. Obviously there are occasions where you throw on a [fancy] dress or whatever, but KARV is really good at providing those hoodies, jeans, and loose fitting skirts. [They] compliment a woman in her own skin.”

I had a chance post-interview to browse through a couple racks and a shelf of clothing and agree with Matthew’s statements – KARV makes great casual clothes for both men and women. I’d love to get my hands on a pair of those jeans or denim rompers!

Matthew’s PR company, Karyzma Agency, is Canadian based and so we should expect to see more from this top model in these neck of the woods. He’s already planning his next Canadian collaboration.

“I would love to work with Roots!” he said. “The brand’s great. I love their leatherwork – they have great satchels, “man purses” and jackets. Also, the owners are American but the brand is Canadian – a very similar situation to me.”

At the end of the day, it’s not so much about him being the face of a brand but making sure he’s doing the brand proud – something he says a lot of models forget about.

“I definitely don’t sit here saying the job can’t be done without me. There are a million other people that the job can be done with,” he said. “The end goal isn’t my face, it’s making sure the product is sellable, creative and inspiring.”

Check out KARV’s latest collection and shop online here.

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CELEB STYLE | The Olsen twin’s label The Row has your perfect fit

When looking for clothes that exude a particular elegance and luxury, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen are the experts. Their fashion line, The Row was established in 2006 and has since gone on to gain recognition for producing “fine fabrics and the perfect fit”. The inspiration for the mature line came from the sisters’ fascination with London’s historic Savile Row.

Savile Row is a notorious street in London known for being the originators in fine tailoring. The billionaire empire sisters have made a name for themselves in the fashion industry – setting themselves apart from their child star success. Proving to be industry leaders, The Council of Fashion Designers of America named the sisters as Womenswear Designers of The Year in 2012 and Accessories Designers of the Year this year.

Amongst the ready-to-wear fashions in their luxury brand, is the infamous alligator snack backpack, priced at $39,000. The black leather backpack is made from Nile crocodiles and completely sold out in the American department store, Barneys in 2012. The sisters make no mistake for incorporating animal skin in many of their designs, which further contributes to that feel of luxury.

The Row makes luxury items but make no mistake in thinking only royalty can wear these designs. The Moto Stretch-Leather skinny pants are no exception. These pants are expertly cut and fitting for a sexier, sophisticated look. These pants give off a “rocker-chic edge” to a woman’s ordinary wardrobe. The interesting thing about these skinny pants is that they make a convenient replacement for jeans when a quick and easy dress-up look is desired.

Another piece from The Row is an ivory school boy jacket made from wool. The two-button short jacket with notched lapels and welt pockets completes a classic or edgy look, suitable for the workplace or evening cocktails.

The designer sisters seem to have no plan of slowing down, with already many other fashion labels under their belt, such as a contemporary line called Elizabeth and James and a t-shirt line for Style Mint. If you’re in the Toronto area, the Moto Stretch-Leather skinny pants can be found at Holt Renfrew and TNT.

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This post was written by Kayla Basler for The Lady-like Leopard. 

#INSTAFAME | 10 fashion Instagram accounts you need to follow now

If you’re using all your data on Instagram browsing anyways, you should definitely be using it wisely – for example, on the top ten fashion Instagram accounts. These are all you need for outfit inspiration, delicious meals, beautiful models, and well, over all jealously. But hey, you need something to fuel your fire to success, right?

Guest blogger Jana Gregorio wrote this article about the creme de la creme of internet app #fashion.

Social media platforms have changed the face of social interactions. Never have we been more connected to the lives of our friends, family, and favourite celebrities and designers on a daily basis. With the increase in popularity of the social media site Instagram, we now look to it for inspiration into the minds and lives of some of the most famous models, fashion bloggers, and fashion magazines. Here we will list the top 10 fashion Instagram accounts you must follow.

Alexa Chung @chungalexa

Alexa Chung is a model and fashion it-girl best known for her unique sense of style. In her Instagram account you’ll explore the life of a fashion icon, filled with personal pictures, her inspirations, and quirky personal style.

Coco Rocha @cocorocha

Fashion model extraordinaire (and proud Canadian!) Coco Rocha has been on top of the fashion world for the past decade, and shows no sign of slowing down. Her feed is filled with behind the scenes photos from runways to photo shoots, and adorable selfies.

Vogue @voguemagazine

Follow fashion’s biggest magazine for the latest fashion and beauty trends and behind the scenes photos with models and celebrities.

Who What Wear @whowhatwear 

One of the most popular fashion platforms on social media, Who What Wear keeps us informed on the latest trends, and offers style and fashion tips to keep us looking chic and trendy.

We Wore What @weworewhat 

We Wore What is a fashion blog by Danielle Bernstein where she shares her personal style and outfit inspirations from NYC. Follow her account for a close look at her style and her must-have lust worthy items.

The Coveteur @thecoveteur 

Ever wanted to get a glimpse of fashion editors, models, or celebrities’ closets? Well, thanks to The Coveteur, we can all peek into the most fashionable and coveted closets, from model Miranda Kerr to designer and stylist Rachel Zoe.

The Man Repeller @manrepeller 

Blogger Leandra Medine is the brains of this blog, documenting her unique man repelling style in her signature humourous manner. Her Instagram is packed with pictures of the hottest trends and her personal style, whilst always staying true to man repelling style.

Julie Sariñana @sincerelyjules 

Also known in the blogging world as Sincerely Jules, Julie has one of the most popular fashion and lifestyle blogs, garnering more than 1 million followers on Instagram. Her laid-back California style is both effortless and easily attainable, making her account a must-follow for outfit inspirations.

Blaire Eadie @blaireadiebee

Her fashion blog Atlantic-Pacific is a hot commodity in the world of fashion blogging, and she has even been featured in The Coveteur. Her versatile style, ranging from feminine florals and skirts to casual chic, is regularly documented in her feed.

Derek Blasberg @derekblasberg 

The editor-at-large at Harper’s Bazaar is a popular figure in the fashion world. From selfies with Taylor Swift to getaways with Cara Delevingne, his envy-inducing photos allow us to get a behind the scenes look at some of the hottest models and celebrities today.

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This post was written by Jana Gregorio for The Lady-like Leopard. All photos from respective instagram accounts.